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OCCC Protocols Ensure Safe Events

Once the COVID-19 pandemic started and the nation took shelter in March 2020, Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) Executive Director Mark Tester and the rest of the management staff began crafting a plan to get back to hosting events at the Orlando, Florida-based facility. While anxious to get back to some degree of normalcy, it was universally understood that a hasty approach would not only lead to events that weren't adequately safe for attendees and staff, but could also leave a perman...

Volleyball Sets Up the Recovery for Convention Centers

If USA Volleyball Director of Events Kristy Cox were to place one finger on a volleyball (naturally) and trace her journey over the past year, she is finally back where she started. “Full circle,” Cox says of the completion of the Sunshine Classic at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando in March.

Orlando & OCCC Celebrated GMID

Orlando joined destinations, communities and industry organizations around the world to commemorate Global Meetings Industry Day last week. Led by industry advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business, GMID celebrated the significant impact of business meetings, conventions, tradeshows, exhibitions and events upon local communities.

How Orlando Celebrated Global Meetings Industry Day 2021

Orlando joined destinations, communities and industry organizations around the world to commemorate Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on April 8, 2021. Led by industry advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business, the day celebrated the significant impact of business meetings, conventions, tradeshows, exhibitions and events upon local communities.

Orlando Movers and Shakers: Mark Tester, Executive Director of the Orange County Convention Center

Trailblazers. Visionaries. Difference-Makers. These local power players know exactly how to get things done and their strong influence is having a positive impact on the surrounding community.

Exclusive: Universal, I-Drive strengthen fight for Brightline rail connection, sources say

The future Orlando-to-Tampa path of the multibillion-dollar Brightline intercity rail system still is being determined, and business leaders are working feverishly to figure out how International Drive can be connected to it. Stakeholders such as the I-Drive business chamber of commerce and Universal Orlando Resort have been meeting or plan to meet with Brightline after a March presentation with the Central Florida Expressway Authority showed a potential path to the corridor, sources told Orland...

APTA TRANSform & EXPO moving to Orlando in November 2021

The event is moving to the Orange County Convention Center where large groups have been hosted under established safety protocols.

6 Ways Florida Meeting Planners Modified In-Person Programs During the Pandemic

Surf Expo is typically held twice a year in January and September at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando. In September 2020, the in-person component was cancelled due to COVID-19 and show producer Emerald Expositions switched it to an all-virtual event.

COVID Testing Part of the Fabric of an In-Person Fashion Industry Show

The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, produced a case study detailing how three independent show organizers joined forces to bring a safe in-person marketplace to the fashion industry in Orlando in early February.

‘We’re back:’ Orange County Convention Center braces for busy summer

Orange County Convention Center Executive Director Mark Tester said more than a dozen conventions and events have relocated to the OCCC, with a busy summer ahead. He said the biggest money maker for the local economy has been sporting events. “We’re back, we’re back in recovery we’re hosting events, almost on a weekly basis right now,” said Tester.
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